Monarch butterfly release!

This morning Donna Miller taught the Amherst Garden Club all about the monarch butterfly’s life cycle and migration in her talk, Where Have All the Monarchs Gone? As a citizen scientist for Monarch Watch, Donna helps tag and track the butterflies during their fall migration.

Donna showed us how to tag a butterfly by placing a small, harmless sticker on its wing, and then she released it behind the Messiah Lutheran Church to begin its journey south.

¡Adiós, amigo!

Donna Miller releasing a monarch

Want to learn more about monarch butterflies? Check out Donna’s Monarch Butterfly Resource List.


Nice suggestion for a day trip from Mary Salmon. Great blog with lots of information about shade plant culture and where they might be available from this source.

We are a mail order nursery and normally closed to the public, however, Garden Vision Epimediums will be open to the public for viewing and sales during peak bloom on the following days, rain or shine! Not every variety listed in the catalog or website will be available for sale these days, so if you have specific varieties on your wish list, place your order ahead of time and specify pick up during this event.

Fri.-Sun., May 3-5 & May 10-12, 2013; 10am-4pm

10 Templeton Rd–The Common, Phillipston, MA, across from the Library/Town Hall Annex
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Montreal Mosaiculture

00 sign and trowel[1]From Sue Spiess via My Virtual Garden: Once every three years, there is an international competition in horticultural sculpture, called “mosaiculture,” in a major city in the world. This year it is Montreal. This is not topiary but rather creating sculptures out of living plants. The greatest horticulturalists in the world, from 20 different countries, submitted plans a year in advance. Steel armatures were then created to support the works (some 40 feet high); they were then wrapped in steel mesh and filled with dirt and moss and watering hoses. Then they ordered 3 million plants of different shades of green and brown and tan, and these were grown in greenhouses all over Quebec. In late May, these horticulturalists came to Montreal and planted all of their plants in the forms at the Montreal Botanic Gardens, and they have been standing for three months now. There were 50 major sculptures along a path two miles long. They were incredible. If you would like to visit a few and walk along the path with me, click on

A Garden Lovers Journey to England May 21 – May 28, 2013

garden travel

Join former PBS Victory Garden Host, Michael Weishan, and friends on the ultimate garden lovers journey to London and Southern England. Gain insider access to many of England’s preeminent private gardens. In addition you’ll stroll the grounds of grand historic gardens in County Kent, tour Leeds Castle and Canterbury Cathedral and spend an unforgettable day strolling the grounds of the Chelsea Flower Show!  Space is limited.

More international travel adventures on the Earthbound Expeditions website.